The Forward Institute’s flagship programme is a distinctive new Fellowship – a part-time 18 month journey, which brings together a diverse cohort of 65 emerging leaders from across the public, private and social sectors.
Credible, realistic, commercially rigorous – and transformative: Using a blend of inspirational and practical examples, skills development, discussion and experiential learning, the programme aims to support Fellows to grapple with the major societal forces shaping the environment in which their organisations must compete.
To find out more about the 2017-2018 programme please see our brochure.
Taking the best of what’s worked before, and combining it with new approaches, we have designed a unique learning programme:
Values-driven leadership: A focus on responsibility, innovation, purpose and diversity is woven through all that we do.
Diverse community: We bring together business with government, regulators, investors, professional advisers and NGOs. This mix of organisational size, type and sector exposes Fellows to different perspectives and allows them to build enduring relationships with a diverse community of peers.
Practical and experiential learning: Practical in approach. Experimental in design. Field visits, immersive sessions, and rapid and iterative experimentation help embed the Fellows’ learning.
Organisational focus: Fellows are encouraged to disseminate new working practices and ideas; and to identify and tackle a strategic challenge within their organisation.
Senior sponsorship: Each organisation involved nominates a senior sponsor to champion the work internally. Typically, this role is undertaken by the CEO or COO. In addition, Fellows benefit from the direct guidance of our Advisory Board and other senior leaders.
ELECTIVE EVENTS AND VISITS
Every year, a group of the country’s leading organisations – carefully selected from across a range of sectors, and with the support of their CEOs – are invited to nominate a small group of their future leaders to take part.
From these nominees, a Cohort of Fellows then go on an 18-month journey, that is structured around three elements:
Core programme: Three residential retreats and a series of full and half-day ‘Forward’ events form the core of our programme.
Discovery sessions: We offer a schedule of fortnightly elective activities – including roundtables, issue briefings, skills sessions and field visits – to explore critical issues facing organisations and society. Discussions will be probing and off-the-record – allowing Fellows to get to the heart of some of the most difficult decisions taken in recent years and to explore some under-examined issues in business.
Strategic challenges: Fellows work in small, cross-sector groups to launch initiatives that address a relevant strategic challenge facing their organisation. Empowered to act entrepreneurially and to experiment without fear of failure, the Fellows also learn from the innovative thinking and best practice of others.
“The solution to today’s real management problems cannot be found in business school courses. We need a new model, in which we learn from each other. This programme will provide an opportunity for reflective thinking to meet practical doing. And it is when people take the initiative to co-create knowledge and simultaneously change the way they work, that they enact real leadership.”
The Fellowship aims to help Fellows develop:
Broader perspectives: A member of a diverse, collaborative and dynamic community; able to think beyond the boundaries of their organisation, and alert to emerging opportunities and future challenges.
Deeper knowledge: Sophisticated understanding of how strategic advantage can be achieved through embedding the principles of sustainability, diversity and transparency.
Bolder leadership: Values driven, courageous and adaptive; confident in fostering and retaining talent; with direct experience of driving innovation and leading change.
Greater self-reflection: Providing Fellows with the environment, the time and the tools to step back, examine their own approaches, perspectives and goals, and to re-engage with a refreshed sense of commitment and awareness.